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blow the nose, or any such matter; and these things could not
possibly be unless they used a very temperate diet, and spent the
moisture by exercise, making it pass some other way. These things I
had to say concerning the Persians m general. I will now relate the
actions of Cyrus, on whose account this discourse was undertaken,
beginning from his being a boy. III. Cyrus, till twelve years of
age, or little more, vas educated under this discipline, and
appeared to excel all his equals, both in his quick learning of
what was proper, and in his performing every thing in a handsome
and in a manly way. At that time Asty- ages sent for his daughter
and her son; for he was desirous to see him, having heard that he
was an excellent and lovely child. Mandane, therefore, came to her
father, and brought her son with her. As soon as they arrived, and
Cyrus knew Astyages to be his mother's father, he instantly, as
being a boy of great good-nature, embraced him, just as if he had
been bred under him, and had long had an affection for him: and
observing him set out and adorned, with his eyes and complexion
painted, and with false hair, things that are allowed among the
Medes (for the purple coat, the rich habit called candys, collars
about the neck, and bracelets about the hands, all belonging to the
Medes; but among the inhabitants of Persia, even at this day, their
habits are much coarser, and their diet much plainer)?observing
this dress of his grandfather, and looking at him, he said, O
mother, how handsome is my grandfather And his mother then asking
him which he thought the handsomer, either his father or his
grandfather, Cyrus answered, Of the Persians, mother, my father is
much the handsomest; and of all the Medes that I have seen, either
on the road or within the city, ...
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